Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa said people selling fuel in open spaces near fuel stations face arrest.
She also said Government is working on a financial arrangement to ensure adequate fuel supplies during the festive season. Mutsvangwa said this while briefing journalists on decisions taken by Cabinet after its 11th sitting at Munhumutapa Government Offices in Harare yesterday. Said Mutsvangwa:
The fuel situation is gradually improving, when compared to the previous week. Cabinet was also assured that financing arrangements are being put in place, on the basis of which the country will have adequate fuel supply during the coming festive season. Cabinet, however, noted with concern that some unscrupulous individuals were purchasing and reselling fuel in jerry cans at extortionate prices in close proximity to fuel stations. This practice poses a high risk to the general public, considering the inflammable nature of petroleum fuel. Further, some of the fuel being sold from jerry cans is contaminated and may therefore damage vehicles. Cabinet, accordingly, directed the relevant law and order maintenance arms of the State to resolutely stamp out this practice so as to prevent possible loss of lives and destruction of property.